|Simon Davies / Found Photo|
We all know the story of the nanny of Chicago, Vivian Maier, and the incredible portfolio of her street work found in a garage sale, as well as its attendant lesson in copyright law. But never mind. My story to Simon was about helping someone empty a house where a couple had lived for 50 years and NOT finding any photos to illustrate that they had lived there. Never mind whether they had shared any intimacy. I was looking for any images he might have made of her. Or vice versa. Nothing. It left me empty, like it had been a life un-lived. For me finding photos is an anthropological experience, like finding cave art. I want to know everything about these people. Photography has a voyeur power on a larger humankind scale.
I loved the picture he sent me. I couldn't decide if the girl on the right reminded me of Amelia Earhart or a Kennedy. The house, of course, is straight out of an Edward Hopper fantasy.
Simon sent me another picture as well. This one had taken him aback a bit. An old girlfriend from high school looked him up and sent him a picture taken of them as a couple over 50 years ago. I loved the picture. It had the feeling of the time. It could have been a still from a film by Godard. It left me à bout de souffle indeed.
|Simon Davies, Found Photo|